Inside the Issue

December 2013

100-Point Ports from the watershed 2011 Vintage

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Editor's Note
Pure Vintage


Fined & Filtered
Luke Sykora
on Napa’s 2010 vintage

Acid Trips
Stuart Pigott
considers Germany’s competition in nervy, acidic rieslings.

The Great Whiskey Shortage of 2013
Erik Tennyson
on the wake of Bourbon’s rocket-like ascent to fame.

Lou Bustamante
on new Bourbons

Gadgets and Gifts
What to buy the wine lover who has everything already.

New Destinations
for great food & wine across the country

Wine & Spirits Top 100
Photos from W&S’s San Francisco tasting event of the year.


Year's Best

US Sparkling Wine
US Cabernet Sauvignon
German Riesling
Barolo & Barbaresco
The Best for $10 or Less

New Releases

2011 Vintage Port
US New Releases
International New Releases

Editorial Features

Douro, No Apologies

Douro, No Apologies

Josh Greene describes why, in fact, 2011 Vintage Port lives up to the hyperbole.

Where to Eat & Drink in Seattle

Where to Eat & Drink in Seattle

Allison Austin Scheff takes stock of the rapidly changing Seattle wine scene, highlighting the most exciting new restaurants around town.

Barolo & Formaggio

Barolo & Formaggio

At San Francisco's Acquerello, the cheese cart is as carefully curated as the Barolo list. Luke Sykora reports on what happens when the two meet.

Walla Walla Cabernet

Walla Walla Cabernet

Growers in eastern Washington's prime cabernet country continue to unearth new ground for great wines. Patrick J. Comiskey reports on the evolution of a distinctly American terroir.